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What is transition?

Planning for the future - whether that means further education, employment, community living, or community engagement - can start at any time. Regulations specify that transition planning must be part of the IEP in effect once a student is age 15. At Starbridge it is our philosophy that it is never too early to start getting ready for an active, engaged future. Starbridge offers a wealth of programs and resources to assist youth and their families in identifying opportunities to realize their goals.

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Transition Supports

Workshops for Young Adults and their Circles of Support

Creating a Life After High School

This workshop series assists young adults who have developmental disabilities and their families in exploring the options available when they complete their education, and is a valuable step in beginning the process of person-centered planning. Registration is open to all students in Monroe County, ages 15-21, who are living at home and have established DDRO eligibility. 

During the series, students and their parents/guardians engage in hands-on activities, listen to guest presentations, and talk with other students and families. An agency fair is offered during the last session.

Individuals who complete the program may be eligible to apply for funding to help develop their future vision.

Creating a Life after High School is offered each year. To locate the next session, please check our website calendar or email larrington@starbridgeinc.org 

This workshop series is a collaborative effort between Starbridge and the Self Advocacy Association of New York State.


It's My MOVE Now - My Options, Vocation & Education

It's My Move Now (MOVE) is a workshop and webinar series providing information to help students who have disabilities and their families plan and prepare for life after high school. MOVE is typically offered as a four-part series or half-day conference. Topics covered include –

  • Developing a vision
  • Getting and keeping a first job
  • Pathways to graduation: understanding diploma and credential options
  • Transition on the IEP
  • Overview of services and eligibility for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
  • Overview of 17A: Guardianship for individuals with developmental disabilities


Pathways to Graduation

A workshop about diploma and credential options in NYS


Getting and Keeping the First Job

A workshop for families and professionals to support youth with disabilities in preparing for employment


What Are the Opportunities? Putting Together the Pieces in Self-Directed Services

A workshop about options available to individuals and families through Self-Direction


To locate the next session of any of these workshops, please check our event calendar or email larrington@starbridgeinc.org.


Programs and Services


LASR - Learning to Achieve Self Reliance

Learning to Achieve Self Reliance (LASR) is a free transitional coaching service that helps individuals, aged 17 and older living in Monroe County, who want to live as independently as possible. Your Starbridge service navigator can connect you with resources in the following areas –

  • Meeting basic needs, such as food, clothing, and housing
  • Applying for public and government benefits
  • Connecting to college coaching to achieve your educational goals
  • Connecting to employment assistance programs

LASR is funded by the United Way of Greater Rochester. For more information, please call Nora Kiriakidi at 585-224-7246 or email ekiriakidi@starbridgeinc.org.


Project ESTEEM - Employment, Skills, Training, Education, Experience & Mentoring

A free service for youth who have low incomes or disabilities and are looking to achieve education and employment goals. We can help you to –

  • Improve literacy
  • Earn your degree, including GED/TASC
  • Prepare for college, occupational training or certificate programs
  • Get ready to work or search for a job

For more information, call Barbara Maryniak at 585-224-7255 or email bmaryniak@starbridgeinc.org.


Phone or In-person Support

Phone or In-person support

Our Family Education Specialists and Service Navigators can offer individualized supports and strategies to individuals and families as they plan for the future. Please use the Contact Us form or call us at 585-224-7359 and leave a message for our Intake Coordinator. The Coordinator will call you back to ask for information about you or the person you are calling about (if you are phoning for someone else) and can connect you with further resources or staff.


Monthly Newsletter

Our monthly ACCESS newsletter connects people with information and opportunities. Click here to go to the ACCESS newsletter page.


Transition Resources and Tip Sheets

NYS Transition Partners

Transition Readiness Questionnaire (Includes questions in English and Spanish)

Transitioning from High School to College Academics: Taking the shock out of the change

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

College Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

College Survival Skills for Students with Disabilities

Think College! College options for people with intellectual disabilities

Technology Resources for College Students with Disabilities

I am Determined

Institute for Innovative Transition

Ready by 21: supporting all children and youth to be ready for college, work and life

ACCES-VR - NYS Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation

TransitionSource - support for educational programs and agencies in NYS

Disability Car Insurance: What Are My Rights?


Tip Sheets:

ACCES-VR - What is it?

ACCES-VR - Roles and Responsibilities for Young Adults and Parents

Developmental Disabilities

Disability Disclosure in a Community Setting

Disability Disclosure in a Postsecondary Institution

Graduation Chart

Housing Discrimination and Accommodations for People with Disabilities

Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)

Key Terms for Self-Directed OPWDD Services

Life Beyond High School for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Making Transition Stick

Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC)

Navigating Adult Services

NYS Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Preparing Your Child/Young Adult for Work

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Tips for Navigating Non-Sensory Friendly Places

Transition Timeline

What is the "Front Door"?

What the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Means for Young People with Disabilities in NYS


Where can you get more information about transition?

Please use the Contact Us form or call us at 585-224-7359 and leave a message for our Intake Coordinator. The Coordinator will call you back to ask for information about you or the person you are calling about (if you are phoning for someone else) and can connect you with further resources or staff.


Starbridge, along with includeNYC and the Parent Network of Western NY, is part of New York State Transition Partners, which is funded by the Rehabilitative Services Administration of the US Department of Education. Together, we collect and disseminate information and resources on employment and independent living for young people with disabilities to New York State families.